Hubbard Street’s Summer Intensives are rigorous training programs designed for dancers, ages 9–17, and Pre-Professional dancers, ages 18–24. Dancers are offered the opportunity to refine their skills in multiple forms, broaden their dance vocabulary, and explore the latest in contemporary movement throughout the five different programs offered in Chicago from June to August. Entry requirements, location, and time commitments vary for our five Intensive Programs. All dancers who audition during our national tour will be placed in the level that best suits their dance training to date.

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General Audition Information

  • Students are accepted into the Hubbard Street’s Summer Intensive Programs by audition only. Results will be sent by email within 1-2 weeks of a dancer’s scheduled audition date.
  • Pre-registration is required for all cities, and will close on the Friday at noon, CST on the corresponding week of the scheduled audition date. Click here to reserve your spot in the appropriate city. Dancers must be available for the entire duration of the audition.
  • Auditions will consist of a ballet class and, based on the discretion of the artistic panel, dancers may learn Hubbard Street repertoire or be asked to improvise.
  • A leotard, tights, and ballet shoes must be worn for ballet class. Hair should be clean and pulled away from the face. Hubbard Street does not perform works on pointe; therefore, pointe work is not a part of our Summer curriculum and pointe shoes should not be worn at our audition. Form fitting apparel can be worn for repertoire as long as body lines are clearly visible.
  • Dancers should choose an audition that corresponds with their age.
    • Pre-Professional Level: Dancers must be at least 18 years of age by June 1, 2019 in order to attend this audition level.
    • Advanced & Intermediate/Advanced Level: Dancers must be at least 13 years of age by June 1, 2019 in order to attend this audition level. Dancers auditioning within this age range will be invited to the program that is best suited for their current skill level.

On the day of the audition, dancers are required to bring the following:

  • Resume (1 page max)
    • Resumes should be no more than one page in length. Resumes should list the dancer’s performance & training experience (intensives, master classes, workshops, etc.), current school/training facility, and current instructors.
  • 8x10 headshot
    • Your 8x10 headshot needs to resemble how you appear in the classroom. Your photo should display your natural appearance, with your hair pulled back. You do not need a professional headshot nor a photo in color.
  • Signed Audition Waiver
    • You will be required to print and sign page 3 of our liability waiver. Please bring a copy with you to the audition. All dancers under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian’s signature included on the waiver.

Additional Information

  •     A limited amount of financial aid is available to dancers attending our Summer Intensives. Dancers are not eligible to apply until they have been accepted. Aid will be based solely on financial need. We do not award merit scholarships.
  •     If you are unable to attend a live audition, you may request to submit a video. Video audition requests are approved on a case-by-case basis, and we strongly encourage all students to audition in person. For more information, see the Video Auditions tab. 
  •     In the event of inclement weather, updates or audition cancellations will be posted on the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Facebook page. Should we need to cancel an audition due to weather or any other unforeseeable circumstance, dancers who pre-registered for the audition will be granted the opportunity to send a video audition.

2019 Summer Intensive Auditions 

Pre-registration is required for all cities, and will close on the Friday at noon, CST on the corresponding week of the scheduled audition date.  Click here to reserve your spot in the appropriate city.  Dancers must be available for the entire duration of the audition.

LAS VEGAS
Saturday, January 5, 2019
University of Nevada
Ages 13-17, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Ages 18-24, 1:00 – 4:30pm

PITTSBURGH
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Point Park University
Ages 13 – 17, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Ages 18 – 24, 12:00 – 3:30pm

LOS ANGELES
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Los Angeles Ballet School

Ages 13-17, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Ages 18-24, 1:00 – 4:30pm

SAN FRANCISCO
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Alonzo King LINES Dance Center
Ages 13-17, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Ages 18-24, 1:00 – 4:30pm

VANCOUVER
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Arts Umbrella
Ages 13-17, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Ages 18-24, 5:30 – 9:00pm

NEW YORK
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
Ages 18-24, 4:00 – 9:00pm

Sunday, February 3, 2019
The Juilliard School
Ages 13-17, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Ages 18-24, 3:00pm – 6:30pm

WEST PALM BEACH
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Florida School for Dance Education
Ages 13-17, 1:00 - 4:00pm

PHOENIX  
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Ballet Arizona
Ages 13-17, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Ages 18-24, 1:30pm – 5:00pm

DALLAS
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Texas Ballet Theater - Fort Worth Studios
Ages 13-17, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Ages 18-24, 1:00 – 4:30pm

TOWSON
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Towson University, Department of Dance - Center for the Arts
Ages 13-17, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Ages 18-24, 1:00 – 4:30pm

CHICAGO
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lou Conte Dance Studio
1147 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL
Ages 13-17, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Ages 18-24, 3:30 – 9:00pm

 

Audition cities and dates are subject to change.  All 2019 Summer Intensives will take place in Chicago. IL. 

 

Video Auditions

If you are unable to attend our live auditions, you may submit a video audition for consideration. We will begin accepting applications on December 1, 2018. Applications must be received by January 4, 2019, or they will not be considered.

All dancers must submit the following materials to intensives@hubbardstreetdance.com:

-    Complete our online registration  

-    Submit one Letter of Recommendation (1 page max)

-    Submit a Resume or CV (1 page max)

-    Submit an 8x10 Headshot of the Dancer (The photo needs to resemble how the dancer appears in the studio. Photo should display dancer’s appearance, with hair pulled back. A color photo is not required)

-       Video (Video must include a Ballet + Contemporary component. Guidelines listed below)

BALLET

Barre:

  •         Plié
  •         Tendu with Ronde de Jambes
  •         Fondu with Développés
  •         Grand Battement

Center floor:

  •         Adagio
  •         Waltz with Pirouette
  •         Small & Medium Jumps
  •         Grand Allegro

Each combination should be a minimum of 32 counts, with music, and executed on the dancer’s right and left side.

CONTEMPORARY

Please include a minimum of one minute of a contemporary work, or an improvised solo, performed in the studio or on stage (please do not include ensemble work). Your excerpt must be executed with music.

Videos must be sent through a VIMEO or YOUTUBE LINK. Please keep your privacy settings public, so your footage is accessible without a password.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

If you have any additional questions, please contact intensives@hubbardstreetdance.com.

Our Intermediate/Advanced Summer Intensive program is ideal for serious dancers, ages 13-17 who are working towards advanced and pre-professional course work. Dancers will attend daily ballet classes, with additional training in Pilates, yoga, improvisation, contemporary, and hip hop. Dancers will learn repertoire excerpts, culminating in a showing at the conclusion of each session.

Dancers will be placed by age and skill level throughout the national audition tour.

Session Dates:

Session 1: June 10 - June 21, 2019

Session 2: June 24 - July 5, 2019

Session 3: August 5 - 9, 2019

Location: Hubbard Street Dance Center, located in Chicago’s West Loop

Schedule: Classes are held 10am–5pm, Monday through Friday. Students may attend one, two, or all three sessions.

Tuition:

$1,200 for Session 1 or 2

$2,400 for Sessions 1 & 2

$600 for Session 3

Optional Housing: TBA (not available for Session 3)

Optional Meal Plan: TBA (not available for Session 3)

Email: inter-advintensive@hubbardstreetdance.com

Our Advanced Summer Intensive program is created for serious dancers, ages 14-17 who are considering a career in dance. Dancers attend daily ballet classes, with additional training in Pilates, yoga, improvisation, contemporary, and hip hop. Dancers learn repertoire excerpts from current HSDC dancers Craig D. Black Jr. and Alicia Delgadillo, culminating in a showing on the final day of the intensive. Dancers will be placed by age and skill level through our national audition tour.

Dates: June 10 - July 5, 2019

Location: Columbia College Chicago, located in Chicago’s South Loop

Schedule: Classes are held from 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday. All students must attend all four weeks of the session.

Tuition: $2,500 for all classes

Optional Housing: TBA

Optional Meal Plan: TBA

Email: advintensive@hubbardstreetdance.com

Our Pre-Professional Summer Intensives in Chicago are for advanced and early-career dancers, ages 18–24.

 Pre-Professional Choreographic Intensive

Dancers will attend daily ballet classes as well as somatic courses to prepare them for rehearsals. Dancers will explore, research, and collaborate with an exciting new generation of choreographers! The 2019 Intensive introduces Hubbard Street Choreographic Fellows Rena Butler & Florian Lochner, as well as Springboard Danse Montreal Emerging Choreographers, Roderick George and Micaela Taylor.  Each choreographic process will culminate with an informal studio showing at the end of weeks 2 and 4.

Dates: June 10 - July 3, 2019

Location: Hubbard Street Dance Center, located in Chicago’s West Loop

Schedule: Classes and rehearsals are held from 10am–6pm Monday through Friday. Dancers must attend all four weeks of the session.

Tuition: $2,500 for all classes

Optional Housing: TBA

Email: pre-prointensive@hubbardstreetdance.com

Pre-Professional Repertoire Intensive

Dancers will attend daily ballet classes as well as Pilates, yoga, improvisation, modern, Gaga, and hip hop. Attendees will learn HSDC repertoire excerpts taught by current HSDC dancers Jacqueline Burnett and Andrew Murdock! Learn current HSDC repertoire including  Alejandro Cerrudo, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, and Emma Portner. Our 4-week Intensive culminates in a showing on the final day. 

Dates: July 8 - August 2, 2019

Location: Hubbard Street Dance Center, located in Chicago’s West Loop

Schedule: Classes are held from 10am–6pm, Monday through Friday. Dancers must attend all four weeks of the session.

Tuition: $2,500 for all classes

Optional Housing: TBA

 Email: pre-prointensive@hubbardstreetdance.com